Artful Prince has now won four of his last five and though having shot up the weights he still doesn't look badly treated with his penalty. Dubai Celebration has only won twice but is generally consistent and should be in the shake-up as should Jordaura, who has won nine times and very nearly made it ten at Carlisle last time. MISS ELLA JADE hasn't won since last July but is on the same mark here and looked ready to regain the winning thread with a very good effort at Southwell. May's Boy reappeared after a break to run very well behind Judicious at Carlisle and that should have brought him on enough to get involved.
Dark Ruler (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 9, 16l behind Wellingrove (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug.
Artful Prince 5-2fav (8-13) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway on inside 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on, won at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) sft beating Polar Forest (8-0) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Jordaura 20-1 (9-1) Slowly away and soon pushed along in rear, headway far side over 2f out, 2nd of 11, shd behind Tectonic (9-1) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Grandiloquent 6-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra, 4th of 8, 11l behind Toptempo (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Outlaw Torn (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Led until over 3f out, chased leaders until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Tectonic (9-1) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
The Codger 12-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, driven 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 8, 5l behind Mash Potato (8-6) at Newcastle 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug.
Cometography (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden, kept on from over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 11, 11l behind Mac Tiernan (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jun.
Dubai Celebration 7-2 (9-9) Tracked winner, challenged over 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, kept on, held final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind McMonagle (9-5) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Moheebb (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 13, 12l behind Madam Lilibet (9-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Amazing Blue Sky 18-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led over 8f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 15l behind Bayan Kasirga (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Hussar Ballad (USA) 50-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 10l behind Ted's Brother (9-9) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Monthly Medal 14-1 (10-0) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 8l behind Lothair (10-7) at Hamilton 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Tourtiere 16-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 11l behind Valantino Oyster (8-12) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
May's Boy 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to take 3rd towards finish, not reach front pair, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Judicious (9-9) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Miss Ella Jade 12-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, hung left and lost 2nd over 1f out, rallied to regain 2nd close home, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Madeira Girl (9-12) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp (0-65) (6) fbs in Aug.
Korngold 9-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway on outer over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Blue Top (9-4) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Noosa Sound 50-1 (8-2) Chased leaders early, mid-division, not clear run over 2f out, soon switched left, headway over 1f out, went 2nd well inside final furlong, pressing winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Woodstock (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.